Ofsted, The Offices for Standards in Education, children's Services and Skills is a non-ministerial department of the UK government under the Education (Schools) Act 1992. The role of Ofsted is to inspect and regulate childcare facilities, such as schools and nurseries and ensure that we the childcare providers deliver the highest standards of childcare possible.
The inspectors examine the nursery, its facilities and the childcare provided by our childcare professionals. Ofsted come to our nursery with only half a day's notice. The reasoning for this is that they want to see our nursery as it actually is and not as the nursery may want to be seen, as it is both an independent and impartial inspection. After the inspection, Ofsted publishes a public report that contains information on the nursery's performance.
The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.
Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”.
Our nursery welcomes Ofsted inspections as they not only help identify our strengths and weaknesses, but also give us the opportunity to continuously improve.
The 7 areas of learning and development, which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge.
Assessments: that will tell you about your child’s progress through the Early Years Foundation Stages - EYFS.
For More information on EYFS please click Here to view our Curriculum development tree.
"Excellent partnerships with parents and a wide range of other professionals help to ensure children's individual needs are recognised quickly and are exceptionally well met".
- Ofsted, March 2018
During an Ofsted inspection, each aspect of the nursery will be graded using the four-point scale:
Effectiveness of leadership and management
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
Personal development, behaviour and welfare
Outcomes for children
After each four-point areas have been inspected, Ofsted will make a graded judgement on the effectiveness of the early years provision and provide the nursery with an overall grade ranging from 1 to 4:
Grade 1: Outstanding
Grade 2: Good
Grade 3 : Requires improvement
Grade 4: Inadequate